Keemlaw visited the Salvation Army in Maidstone, to help sort the donated kitchen items and produce the first Kitchen Home Packs to be delivered later this month. 

To date over 600 items of kitchen equipment have been donated, from Keemlaw customers.  All the items have been purchased via the Kitchen Equipment Amnesty, allowing Keemlaw customers to benefit from a part exchange value on their unwanted items, which they then redeem against their new purchase.

Derrick Law, Founder and Director of Keemlaw said: “I would like to thank our customers for supporting our ‘Kitchen Equipment Amnesty” by donating we are able to help others.  It’s great to know that the first Kitchen Packs will be delivered this month.  Our successful Kitchen Equipment amnesty has ensured items worth hundreds of pounds are available again for people who need them, putting good equipment to good use.”

“I’m keen to continue the amnesty and would encourage more customers to pop into our shops with their unwanted kitchen items to benefit from a part exchange value, which they then redeem against their new purchase.”

The ‘Home Kitchen Pack’ provides the basic kitchen equipment allowing those that often have nothing to assist them in starting their new life.  The Salvation Army is one of the biggest providers of services to homeless people in the UK and Ireland. 

The ‘Home Kitchen Pack’s will be customised to suit the particular needs of the recipient(s).  By supplying only the equipment that is needed we are ensuring that your donation is being used as appropriately as possible based on the need of beneficiaries.

Dave Blackman, Homeless Ministry Co-ordinator for The Salvation Army, Maidstone said: “This amnesty was a great idea and has proved so successful, it’s great that Derrick is encouraging more people to donate.  On behalf of The Salvation Army I would like to thank Keemlaw and their customers for their support, all the items collected, which are needed we will be able to issue to be used again.  Providing key kitchen items for individuals and families in their new homes is practical support that makes a real difference.  The more items we receive the more people we can help.”

How you can get involved: Bring your items into store to exchange, to qualify - all items need to be of a good quality.

Collection Points

Domestic Items

Keemlaw Catering Complements - 9 Market Buildings, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1HP Tel: 01622 764632

Monday – Saturday 09:00am – 05:00pm

Sunday  - 11:00am – 04:00pm


Catering Trade Items

Keemlaw Catering Equipment Showroom & Workshop, Superabbey Industrial Est., Off Beddow Way, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BH Tel: 01622 717177

Monday – Friday 09:00am  - 05:00pm

Saturday – Sunday – Closed

Items to donate - Kitchen Home Pack

Plates, Cereal Bowls, Mugs, Cups, Glasses, Cutlery, Saucepans with Lids, Frying Pan, Baking Trays, Bakeware - Casserole Dishes & Kitchen Utensils



Friday 12th June 2015

Notes to Editor:

Image: Left – Right

Derrick Law - Derrick Law, Founder and Director of Keemlaw, Lynne Clifton – Salvation Army Corps Officer, Dave Blackman, Homeless Ministry Co-ordinator for The Salvation Army Maidstone


Additional Information:

In November of last year Keemlaw joined forces with The Salvation Army to launch an amnesty for unwanted catering equipment.  The unwanted catering equipment will be used to produce ‘Home Kitchen Packs’ supporting the charity in their role giving vital practical support to vulnerable families and individuals who are being re-housed or who have lost everything due to difficult circumstances.  As part of the ‘Home Kitchen Packs’ initiative Keemlaw is offering a part exchange value on unwanted tableware, glasses, utensils, pots, pans or bakeware.


For further information please contact:

Keemlaw Press Office

Blueprint Communication

Jenny Lloyd

T: 01322 40 18 22

M: 07885 881 350